Implementation of Unofficial Withdrawal

Fall
1999
Resolution Number: 
14.01
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
General Concerns
Status: 
Completed

Whereas in spring 1995 the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

Resolved to seek changes in Title 5 Regulations regarding grading policies and procedures to allow for an evaluative symbol other than an F to indicate an unofficial withdrawal by the student after the drop date, with such symbol to be computed in the GPA as 0 grade points, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommended to local academic senates that this symbol be used in situations when there is not enough data to assign a conventional grade, and

Whereas in spring 1997 the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopted the paper "Toward Accurate Student Performance Evaluation: Symbol for Unofficial Withdrawal," which proposed that the Board of Governors amend the grading policy regulations authorizing the permissive use of a symbol for failure due to unofficial withdrawal (FW) for the student who has ceased to participate in the course without officially withdrawing, and

Whereas as of fall 1999 the Board of Governors has taken no action to implement this proposal,


Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Board of Governors to revisit and implement the proposal by fall 2000 to amend the grading policy regulations authorizing the permissive use of a symbol for failure due to unofficial withdrawal (FW) for the student who has ceased to participate in the course without officially withdrawing.

Status Report: 

At its September meeting, the Board of Governors was presented with a report on the FW grade and adopted the permissive use of the FW grade.